Monday, January 6, 2014

Musing Mondays #12

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week...
  • Describe one of your reading habits.
  • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you choose that/those book(s).
  • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
  • Tell us what you're reading right now – what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren't) enjoying.
  • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
  • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books – let's hear it, then!

This Monday is a ramble about indie books.

I love indie books, believe me I do, but something that really bothers me is the poor editing that some of them have. I know that in the process of producing an indie book there may not be money or resources to get someone to edit your book, but some indie books I read have very simple grammatical or spelling errors.

I've seen multiple spellings of to (to, too, two) in the same paragraph which just makes me cringe. I've also seen alternating tenses within the same page, which makes a story very confusing. Also, when an author doesn't tell who is speaking I get so confused. When this happens sometimes I have to go back several pages to figure out who was speaking last. 

Sometimes I think that indie books and authors should have more reviewers when the book is in it's early stages so that it can be the best book it possible can be. 

Please leave a comment and share your Musing Mondays.

Happy Monday.


  1. I agree--I've read a few indie titles but, for me, the errors are distracting and really take away from the content. I think that if you're proud enough of your writing to make it public, you should take the time to polish it as much as possible and that includes as much proofreading as necessary.

  2. wow. I've seen some, but nothing that bad.

    Sonia Lal

  3. I know what you mean. I recently read a book that had quite a few errors. The author had gifted the book to me. So privately I e-mailed her and told her about it. I hadn't kept track of all the errors, so couldn't help her with page numbers.

  4. I agree. I have read some very good books that had major editing errors. They would be so much better if the author had gotten someone to read and correct. If you write it you see what you expect not what you really write.

  5. Poor editing--sometimes I wonder if they don't have spell check and grammar check!


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